I haope you had a blessed and safe weekend.Here in Alabama it has been relatively warm and no rain came that i was usre hopeing for!So that means the garden gets watered tomorrow..Sure don't want to run a risk on the garden dying now..I have been reading up a lot on possible shortages in food soon.I for myself have seen this one coming a while now.When everything gets so expensive,something has to happen.It is about at that point.When you spend 50% of what you can earn at the gas pumps and grocery stores,there is serious problem,and people it is here.I have found few blogs i thought you may find interesting and useful...i would love to have any comments you would like to share....
God bless and till next time......
Food Shortages Everywhere...
Unrest is breaking out as a result.
And then the war... and the mass migrations and deep famines...
WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Food prices are soaring, a wealthier Asia is demanding better food and farmers can't keep up. In short, the world faces a food crisis and in some places it's already boiling over.
MONKEYfISTER-read the whole story
War, Famine, Energy, and the Fed
Sat Apr 26, 2008 at 14:22:05 PM CDT
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Just not up for very much blogging today, but here's a a sort of follow-up to my post yesterday on the threat to food banks posed by food shortages (and see my two comments to that post, as well).
I don't think we should wait to see how bad things really are before we begin to make preparations for the possible food shortages we could face this year. If we prepare and it turns out that there aren't significant shortages in the U.S., we haven't lost very much. I, personally, think we're about to see a period of rapid transition in our society
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Stiglitz: "One of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression"
From CNBC: Nobel Winner Stiglitz: US Facing Long Recession (hat tip squeezed)
The U.S. economy is already in recession -- and may echo the 1930s, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz said Friday.
"This is going to be one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression," said Stiglitz.
See video at CNBC: "Roubini is not far off."
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A record number of people facing utility shut-offs.
Cutoffs and Pleas for Aid Rise With Heat Costs ..After struggling with soaring heating costs through the winter, millions of Americans are behind on electric and gas bills, and a record number of families could face energy shut-offs over the next two months, according to state energy officials and utilities around the country.
The escalating costs of heating oil, propane and kerosene, most commonly used in the Northeast, have posed the greatest burdens, officials say, but natural gas and electricity prices have also climbed at a time when low-end incomes are stagnant and prices have also jumped for food and gasoline.
In New Hampshire, applicants for fuel subsidies under the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program received an average of $600 in a one-time grant and up to $975 for the extremely poor who rely on heating oil or propane, the costliest fuels. But those grants, which in recent years have covered 60 percent of heating costs, covered only about 35 percent of those costs this winter, said Celeste Lovett, director of the state’s energy aid program. The state will have given aid to about 34,500 people by the end of April, Ms. Lovett said, a 5 percent increase over last year and the highest number ever.
The most immediate challenge is to help the high number of consumers who are far behind in electric and gas payments, said Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, which represents state aid officials in Washington
Ny times.com-read more now
Meanwhile, even as the conservatives still mock solar energy, the Pentagon is quietly moving to use it.
global warming ????or is it a hoax? read this and research for yourself!
Air Conditioning to be rendered obsolete?
Published April 24, 2008 by shane.vincent
According to The Australian:
Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.
All four agencies that track Earth’s temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.
This is where SOHO comes in. The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No.24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers.
It didn’t happen. The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon.
The reason this matters is that there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth’s climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790.
Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon’s Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots.
guys here is a really good forum with tons of info on it...check it out,you'll be glad you did...
homestead forum+rationing of rice, flour, and cooking oil
hope you find some very useful and needed reading,,,Best case scenerio--it's all hype and you will have groceries a while without having to purchase them later...
WORSE CASE SCENERIO---TSHTF AND YOU ARE PREPARED,,,I SEE THE LATTER ONE HAPPENING....BE PREPARED ,,,BECAUSE IT IS COMING,,,,,,LIKE IT OR NOT....
GOD BLESS US ALL.....